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LAND, PEOPLE, LANGUAGE AND CUSTOMS

Hong Kong is situated on the southeastern coast of China.  The total land area of 1 105 square kilometres covers Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and 262 outlying islands (most of which are uninhabited).

The population of Hong Kong is about 7.35 million now.  According to the figures released by Census and Statistics Department in 2011, about 94% of the population is of Chinese descent and most of the foreign population comprises Indonesians, Filipinos, Whites and Indians.

There is a variety of religions in Hong Kong, including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism.

Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong.  The majority of Hong Kong people speak Cantonese but Putonghua (i.e. Mandarin) is gaining popularity as ties become closer with Mainland China.

English is the lingua franca of the expatriate community as well as in business, commerce, finance and other professional circles.

In order to organise location filming and logistics, overseas film crews planning to shoot in Hong Kong are advised to engage a local fixer proficient in English and Cantonese and, if filming in Mainland China, Putonghua.

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